International Day of Yoga - Being with Self

The Yoga is India's ancient tradition and is more than a physical activity. Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on subtle science, which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body.

"Yoga is the journey of the Self, through the Self, to the Self - Bhagavad Gita".

Yogas origin can be traced back of 5000 year's ago. Yoga is not just a form of exercise it is an Art that unites body and mind.

What is Yoga ?

Yoga is a ancient Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which including breath control, meditation and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.

The word "Yoga" derived from the Sanskrit word "Yuj" which means "to unite". It is union of "Atma"(Individual consciousness) and "Paramatma"(Universal consciousness), which indicates a perfect harmony between the mind, body, man, nature and the universe.

Origin of the International Yoga Day

On September 27, 2014 during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, (UNGA) Prime Minister Narendra Modi put forth his suggestion for the occasion of a "Yoga Day".

In his speech Prime Minister Modi called Yoga an "in valuable gift of India's ancient tradition" and called for the "harmony between man and nature" through Yoga.

This initiative was supported by as many as 177 Nations, the highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA resolution of such nature.

Recognising it's universal appeal and following Prime Minister Modi's proposal, 21 st June was marked as the date to celebrate International Yoga Day. As this day marks the "summer solstice" the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, which holds special significance in many parts of the World 🌎.

From the perspective of Yoga the "summer solstice" mark's the transition to "Dakshinayana". The second full Moon after "summer solstice" is known as "Guru Poornima".


Lord Shiva, the first Yogi(Adi Yogi) is said to have begun imparting the knowledge of Yoga to the rest of mankind on this day and became the first Guru (Adi Guru).

International  Day  of  Yoga  2021 Theme

The theme for this year's International Day of Yoga is "Yoga for Humanity".

Significance of International Day of Yoga

Yoga day is celebrated accross the globe to highlight the importance of Yoga, and how it has been beneficial in keeping the body and mind in sound health.

Yoga renews the mind with confidence. It calms the mind and improves, concentration and patience.

Yoga helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Yoga is a great way to increase spiritual and social health.

Yoga improves our  heart ❤️ health and respiratory health also it prevents various kind of disease.

Yoga boosts immunity and metabolism, it also aids in the weight loss journey.

Yoga increases flexibility and muscle strength, it also helps us in reducing hypertension.

Celebration midst the Pandemic

This year the Yoga day celebrations will be marked at a time, when pandemic continues to upend lives and livelihoods of  people globally. Beyond its immediate impact on the physical health, the pandemic has also exacerbated suffering and mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.
As pandemic related restrictions continues in various forms in many countries, this has highlighted the urgent need to address the mental health dimension of the pandemic in addition to the physical health aspect.

The message of Yoga in promoting both physical and mental well being of humanity has never been more relevant. In this time of pandemic people around the Globe 🌎 are adopting the ancient teachings of Yoga to stay healthy and rejuvenated, to fight social isolation and depression.

Yoga is also playing a significant role in the psycho- social care rehabilitation of patients in quarantine and isolation. It is particularly helpful in allying their fears and anxiety.

The United Nations has been offering Yoga to its personal as a means to deal with physical and mental health crises during the pandemic.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended Yoga as means to improve health. Its various benefits include increased flexibility fitness, mindfulness and relaxation.

As this year on 21st June we celebrate the 8th International Day of Yoga.

I wish you all a happy and healthy life.

                                                       By Viinod Baherani

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  1. I have started practising yoga nòwadays , Its helpful in stretching overall body , it has helped me to be more calm , concentration , request everyone to try atleast one

  2. It's a great start Rohan, make it a life time habit.